Traci Davis is a genderqueer-identified research biochemist at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Traci studies how dietary fatty acids regulate immunological and metabolic responses in cardiovascular diseases, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Their lab incorporates differing model systems, including biomimetic membranes, cell culture, transgenic/knockout mice and human subject clinical trials to uniquely fuse techniques from lipid biochemistry, membrane biophysics, and nutritional immunology. Traci is also a manager for the Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core at the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center, which provides contemporary phenotyping techniques for metabolism and energy balance in mouse models of nutrition and disease.
Traci is fiercely committed to the advancement of transgender equality and visibility. Away from the bench, Traci facilitates educational outreach, and inclusivity to trans and gender non-conforming students, faculty and staff at UNC Chapel Hill, and in the community at large. They continue to serve as a resource for the community on issues of homo/bi/transphobia and their correlated “isms.”
In their current role, Traci brings LGBTQIA+ perspectives and inclusion to “The HUB,” LIFE Skills Foundation’s young adult resource center. The Durham, NC initiative helps young adults in transition, including those who have aged out of foster care, or are housing insecure or homeless. Traci also serves on the national board for oSTEM as a member at large for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Traci’s past roles include Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Office at East Carolina University, a member of the safe zone leadership team, and a co-founder of the graduate student LGBTQIA+ group at their alma mater.